President Barack Obama signed Dec. 23 an executive order inching up federal workers’ pay by 1 percent.
The order has been expected since the end of the shutdown Oct. 17, when the agreement to open the government allowed for a small increase in wages.
The order ends a three-year drought of federal pay increases. The raise will start Jan. 1.
“This long overdue modest pay raise for federal government employees is a good step in recognizing the value of federal workers,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
Mikulski, the chair of the appropriations committee, will have her work cut out for her until the next session of Congress begins. She will be helping to decide how the newly available money from the budget deal passed Dec. 18.
The federal government employs about 4.5 million people, according to the Office of Personnel Management.